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Reserves set for Dublin double-header

Posted by nickogs20 on August 14, 2010

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his reserve side to Dublin tomorrow for the first of two games in the Platinum One Challenge.

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Reserves kick off new campaign with Villa rematch

Posted by nickogs20 on July 15, 2010

The fixtures for the revamped FA Premier Reserve League have been released and United will get their campaign underway with a rematch against their beaten opponents in last season’s national play-off, Aston Villa.

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Academy Semi-Final Preview: Last Time Out

Posted by nickogs20 on May 6, 2010

With the regional structure of academy football in England it’s not often that United and Arsenal meet at this level, and indeed you have to go back to April 2007 for the last encounter between the two sides. It was quite some game though…

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Academy Semi-Final Preview: The Arsenal View

Posted by nickogs20 on May 6, 2010

Ahead of tomorrow’s much-anticipated Barclays Premier Academy League semi-final against Arsenal at Carrington, we’ve spoken to Jamie over at Young Guns to get a view on the game and the two teams from an opposing perspective.

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U18s set for title tilt

Posted by nickogs20 on April 30, 2010

Hot on the heels of the Reserves clinching their league title ten days ago, Paul McGuinness’ U18s will be looking to follow suit tomorrow morning as they travel to Bolton knowing that a win will see them crowned champions of Premier Academy League Group C.

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United sign Addicks youngster McGinty

Posted by nickogs20 on July 3, 2009

Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have won the race to clinch the signature of Charlton Athletic’s promising Republic of Ireland Under-17 defender Sean McGinty.

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Reds miss out on two youngsters, allegedly compete with Arsenal for two more

Posted by nickogs20 on June 18, 2008

Pablo PiattiThe transfer silly season is hotting up and, as ever, any player with an agent seeking to get his client a better deal or lucrative transfer is briefing any media outlet that cares to listen about interest from (among others) Manchester United. This is increasingly the case with youngsters as well, and with that in mind, this article comes with a free pinch of salt for every reader…

19 year old Argentine prospect Pablo Piatti has allegedly turned down approaches from United and Juventus to sign for Spanish side Almeria. Touted as, yawn, ‘the new Lionel Messi’ (anyone else noticed how ‘new Messi’ appears to have become the new ‘new Maradona’? Bit premature…), the Estudiantes forward was a member of Argentina’s victorious Under-20 World Cup squad last year and will be particularly notable to Football Manager fans. It should be noted that the only suggestion we were ever interested in acquiring Piatti has come from his new club Almeria, no doubt keen to hype up their new recruit and his decision to join them. More like a fistful of salt methinks.

More truth in this one – Standard Liege’s Jose-Paul Mpoku has turned us down in favour of joining Tottenham Hotspur. Mpoku’s one we’ve been known to have an interest in for a while but it seems Spurs’ interest was the one the 16 year-old became aware of first and the most serious. The Congolese-born Belgian national will move to White Hart Lane on a four year contract.

Onto those we may still sign (I emphasise ‘may’). Demetris Christofi and Mujanji Bia – ringing any bells? Me neither. Bia is a 19 year-old midfielder from DR Congo who plays in Belgium with Charleroi, and has intriguingly been compared to Franck RibΓ©ry. Christofi is also 19 and plays for Omonoia Nicosia in his native Cyprus. The left-footed forward has only recently joined Omonoia but the club’s president has almost gleefully told the press that they would not stand in the player’s way should an offer come in for him (an offer that triples the Β£1m they spent on Christofi a month ago of course). Oh, and Arsenal are supposedly interested in both players as well. Can’t be emphasised enough that these are tribalfootball links – worth keeping an eye on though, you never know.

Just one other minor transfer snippet, concerning a former United academy player. David Jones, relegated with Derby last season, is apparently being lined up by Premier League newboys Stoke City for a return to the top division, where he would line-up alongside fellow United academy alumni Ryan Shawcross and Danny Pugh.

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Reds miss out on Ramsey

Posted by nickogs20 on June 11, 2008

Cardiff City’s 17 year old wonderkid Aaron Ramsey has turned down offers from United and Everton in favour of a move to Arsenal, with a Β£5m deal expected to go through in the next few days. Ramsey had been widely expected to move to Manchester, and losing out on his signature will be a bitter blow for Sir Alex Ferguson (not to mention an embarrassment to the club after an article on manutd.com last Monday appeared to practically announce the capture of the Welsh youngster). The instinctive reaction of most fans in this situation, when a transfer target opts to sign for a rival club, is to feign indifference (“His loss, player x in the reserves is a better prospect anyway”) or blame financial motives, but it’s worth considering just why Ramsey, supposedly a lifelong United fan, might have turned us down.

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